What’s an extra two months?

Square-Enix recently announced a delay for the eagerly anticipated Final Fantasy XV, a game known for its development struggles. With already ten years of postponements, this news stunned and angered many fans. But when you think about it, how awful is an extra two months when compared to the ten-year development cycle? If you’re one of the heartbroken fans of Final Fantasy XV, here is a list of things to do while waiting for XV’s impending release (on, allegedly, November 29, 2016).

5. Replay the Platinum demo or Duscae demo.

Final Fantasy XV

Do you feel like you need some time with Final Fantasy XV? While the Platinum demo for Final Fantasy XV provided the most recent application of the game, the Duscae demo really gave players a feeling of what Final Fantasy XV was potentially packing. With smooth action-RPG party combat, an interesting take on switching weapons, and the modern/realistic setting and atmosphere, either of these demos should sate your appetite – at least for a couple more weeks. I know playing these demos lifted my hopes when I first played them.

4. Enjoy the Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster or Final Fantasy Type-0.

 Type0 Nine yo

Have you played Final Fantasy X or Final Fantasy Type-0? If the answer to either is no, then you should take the time to give them a shot. Final Fantasy X can be argued to be one of the best entries in the series, and it provides a strong, emotional storyline with enjoyable gameplay. Final Fantasy Type-0, originally slated to be released with Final Fantasy Versus XIII (the now XV), is a brutally realistic entry into the series. As such, the game showcases the brutality of war and its consequences. I particularly enjoyed this game, even with its numerous flaws and porting issues, but it’s also one of the most memorable Final Fantasy games in the saga.

3. Try out the new, free Mobius Final Fantasy.

 Mobius Final Fantasy

Square-Enix hopped on the mobile train a long time ago once they realized how profitable it was. In doing so, they’ve re-released many beloved titles for under or around $20 (which is, admittedly, a steep price to pay for an old, ported game). Still, the publishing giant also dabbles in the free to play games where their micro transactions rake in the metaphorical dough. Mobius Final Fantasy is a snazzy looking app for iOS and Android, and it features slickly designed combat created specifically for mobile use. While it’s difficult to unlock awesome items without pumping cash into the app, the game still functions and is enjoyable without doing so. If you have a few minutes here-and-there in need of a filler, Mobius Final Fantasy might just what you’re looking for.

2. Try out The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel.

 Trails of Cold Steel Emma's Hair

You know what series isn’t delayed right now? The Legend of Heroes. In particular, Trails of Cold Steel 2 is set to release the first week of September. If you’ve read my review of the first Trails of Cold Steel, you’ll understand how much I thoroughly enjoy the series. Featuring over 70 hours of gameplay, Trails of Cold Steel gives gamers an intense, story and political driven experience filled with intrigue and interesting characters that truly make you wish to continue playing. I fell in love with the characters, and the story benefitted from each individual. It isn’t very often a game like this, where I gush every chance I get to talk about it, releases, so try to fill your Final Fantasy XV void with this PS3/PS Vita title.

 1. Do Something Outside of Video Games.

 Cleveland C

I’m sure this isn’t exactly what you want to hear, but it’s certainly a notion worth considering. When I’m not playing games, I’m writing, editing, teaching, creating music, reading, spending time with my wife, and partaking in a plethora of entertaining activities. Yes, I’m extremely saddened by the news of Final Fantasy XV’s delay, but I’m also kind of relieved I don’t need to fork up $260 for the edition I pre-ordered – yet. And let’s be honest, it’s not often that the Cleveland Indians are in first place in our division and playing so well. I’ll definitely be watching some baseball (and cursing out The Show).


What will you be doing to fill your Final Fantasy XV release void?